I just recently got a Nordstrom store credit card two months ago and have recently been bombarded with daily emails about Early Access to the Upcoming Anniversary Sale – just 8 days away! Now 7! 6! and so on. It was getting to be a bit too much, but hey, I guess it was effective since it got me in my pregnancy haze to log in and check it out. You can get early access if you have a Nordstrom card now, but if not, everyone can access on July 17th. In all honesty, I’m really glad I did. They have some AMAZING baby deals (better than Amazon – yes really; I’ll do a separate post it.) and similarly amazing deals on beauty. You can see that my focus for the moment is really on skin and hair – not so much color cosmetics. Here’s what’s in my shopping cart at the moment:
Gehwol Biosana Swiss Foot File, $14.90 – A foot file with ~150 5 star reviews? I was about to stop by Target today to pick up a foot file, but the e-commerce gods must have intervened to show me this. First, who doesn’t want smooth feet in the summer time? But more specifically, being that I’m 38+ weeks pregnant and have gained almost 30lbs at this point, I’ve developed weird calluses on the balls of my feet that hurt when I walk barefoot. I’m guessing it’s due to the weight, but whatever the reason, I want it GONE, and I’m getting this for sure.
GLAMGLOW GLAMAZING Set, $69 – I’m going to do a pregnancy skincare routine post very soon, but let me just say that not everyone gets glowing skin during pregnancy. All the hormonal fluctuations can wreak absolute havoc on your skin, but more on this later. I’m now very in the market to try out masks that are safe for breastfeeding, especially since you wash them off, so I can start back on my skincare regimen. This set has the BRIGHTMUD Eye Treatment, YOUTHMUD anti-aging mask, and THIRSTYMUD moisture treatment, so I’m looking forward to trying this out.
T3 Compact Styling Set, $150 – My hair is actually really low-maintenance. I don’t have any style to it right now whatsoever (lazy), I don’t color it, and I actually stopped using conditioner (super lazy)… but I AM planning on getting a haircut after birth so I am in the market for some high-quality hair tools. I saw beauty blogger RaeView talking about the T3 Featherweight Compact Dryer in a recent video and made a mental note to pick it up (I prefer travel size that I can bring with me on trips vs. a full-size). It might seem bold that I’m even contemplating the possibility that I will have time to blow-dry my hair with a new infant, but in Chinese culture, the one month post birth is a time where the mother has to take special care of her body to recover from birth, and one of the most important things to do is to NOT HAVE WET HAIR to avoid catching a cold (actually it’s to not wash your hair, but I am most definitely washing my hair, sorry Mom). The dryer itself is $150, so this set for the anniversary sale basically gives you a travel-friendly flat iron for free – score.
[As an aside, I picked up the GHD Classic 1-inch Styler Flatiron back in January when I first jumped on the lob (aka Long Bob) bandwagon and have really liked it. It’s on sale for $145 vs. the regular price of $185, so I HIGHLY recommend you pick it up if you are in the market for a high-quality flat iron, which I prefer for putting waves in my lob.]
Clarisonic Mia 2, $119.20 – I recently just threw my Clarisonic Mia in the garbage. Yes, you read that right. It was still working fine, but I hadn’t used it in maybe 1 month? 2 months? And apparently it started growing mold from being in my shower, and I can’t have any of that near my face, so I tossed it. Now I’ll be picking this Mia 2 up. [Aside – I did briefly consider the Foreo Luna for Combination Skin and decided against it. Maybe I’m too old school, but shouldn’t a cleansing mechanism have bristles?? Has anyone tried any of the Foreo Lunas before?]
Clarisonic Ultimate Brush Head Set, $64.90 – My favorite Clarisonic brush head for my oily/combo skin is the Deep Pore (the one with the blue bristles), but this set lets me try out 2 other ones that I haven’t yet used before – Cashmere and Radiance, so might as well pick this up to go with my new Clarisonic Mia 2.
Supergoop Forever Young Hand Cream SPF 40 Set – You know that hands always show how old you are, right? The smaller size of this hand cream has been on my Sephora wish list FOREVER, and it’s ALWAYS sold out. This set is a great deal – you get 2 of the smaller sizes (one for car, one for handbag) and 1 large size to keep at home.
So the above are things I am picking up FOR SURE. The below are things that are on my maybe list:
Omorovicza Detox Set, $155 – This set comes with full sizes of the Thermal Cleansing Balm and the Deep Cleansing Mask, which I’ve had many samples of and really like. Given I’m on my mask kick right now I’ll probably scoop this up as I like that it’s a natural Hungarian-based line.
Smashbox Studio Pro 10-Piece Brush Set, $89 – I mean, I know I have had over 200 brushes (lost count by now – this isn’t the net count as I’ve given a bunch away by now), but can you believe I have never owned a single Smashbox brush?? I hear they are pretty amazing. This kit means you basically get each brush for less than $9 – pretty good deal, so it may end up in my cart.
Trish McEvoy Power of Brushes Collection, $158 – …and can you believe I have never owned a Trish McEvoy brush either?? These sets always tempt me. Might cave.
Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Home & Away Duo, $75 – My favorite body and hand (yes, it’s moisturizing enough) moisturizer, and it’s UNSCENTED thankfully. This duo gives you the big daddy 1L pump to keep at home and a little bottle to refill on the go (I have a little bottle ready in my hospital bag). I still have some left, but I might stock up.
Diptyque Philosykos & Figuier Set, $185 – For those that are into fresh, fig scents, you will love this. I’ve had a few of the Figuier candles, and it’s one of the few scents that I can keep burning and don’t find overly cloying. This set comes with the Figuier candle, and the Philosykos eau de toilette and solid perfume, which are the perfume equivalent. There are other sets like the L’Ombre dans L’Eau & the Baies (which I’m guessing will be the one to sell out, since Baies is everyone’s fave), and Do Son & Tuberose Set (who doesn’t love Tuberose?), so it’s worth checking out.
Any beauty deals from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that catch your eye?
I was compelled to write this post because one of my favorite times of the year is now almost upon us – the Sephora VIB Sale! For those that are unfamiliar, this is Sephora’s annual 20% discount event for VIB and VIB Rouge members of its loyalty program who spend at least $350 a year (the minimum qualifier for VIB status). Those who are VIB Rouge (spend $1000 a year) may get earlier access.
UPDATE – this year’s sale runs from November 6th to 10th, and an in-store evening event will begin November 5th for VIB and VIB Rouge members (Codes GIFTVIB and GIFTROUGE). I’ve been building my cart for weeks (since sadly I’m not lucky enough to know any Sephora employees to get a code for the Friends & Family sale), so I wanted to share what I recommend – staples that I’ve repurchased many times over and plan on getting again.
Clarisonic Twin-Pack Replacement Brush Head for Deep Pore, $44 – Does anyone remember the 4-pack that Sephora sold last year for $75? Sadly that is no longer available, so the twin-pack is the best deal for those of us loyal Clarisonic users. My Clarisonic is such a staple in my nighttime skincare routine that I still find it shocking when friends ask me if they should get it – my response is always a resounding YES, barring they do not have hyper sensitive skin prone to redness. (If you don’t have one yet, I highly recommend the Mia for $99.) I have oily/combo skin prone to congestion/acne and I LOVE the Deep Pore brush head. I’ve tried the Acne and Sensitive Brush Heads, and compared to those 2, the Deep Pore feels like it gives the best cleanse. Since the brush head is something I switch out every few months, I always have to get at least 1 or 2 of the twin packs. (Side question – has anyone with skin similar to mine tried the luxe brush heads?)
SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion, $70 – This will be maybe my 4th time repurchasing it, and believe me I really did not want to like this, as it is a super expensive toner. I first heard about it from Raeview, who claims it helped normalize her skin. While it hasn’t helped me do that (and I’m a bit dubious of a topical product’s ability to change your skin type), I’ve genuinely enjoyed it as a post-cleansing step to rebalance my skin and prep it for the treatments/moisturizer I apply afterwards. I want to note that I’ve also tried the SK-II Treatment that is their flagship product, but I haven’t noticed anything spectacular, so I won’t repurchase at this time.
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser, $20 – a no-frills, non-fragranced foaming facial cleanser. It gets the job done WELL and does not include any ingredients that you don’t need (namely fragrance). My husband and I both use it, and it’s become a staple in my shower (works great with the Clarisonic!).
First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay, $24 – this will be my 3rd tube, and I absolutely love this cleanser. It smells slightly medicinal, which I actually really enjoy (versus completely synthetic fragrances), and I definitely feel like it provides a deep cleanse. I’ve read reviews that some others think this is slimy and hard to wash off, but honestly I have never experienced that. This is the cleanser that I keep at my sink to use in the mornings, and I look forward to using it every morning.
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 (untinted), $22.50 – I know a lot of people think this is not worth the hype for a $22.50 lip balm, but I’m telling you – it is absolutely indispensable to me. I can’t even count how many tubes I’ve gone through (8? 10?), and I ALWAYS go back to this. It is deeply moisturizing, has an SPF of 15, and I like that it has a substantial packaging that somehow makes the experience of applying it just a little bit luxe. Also, it has a faint lemon scent, which doesn’t bother me, and I am very, very sensitive to scents. It just bought 2 tubes a month ago because I was in dire need (I left my tube in car and it sadly melted) and couldn’t wait, but I’m buying at least 2 more because it’s one of those things I want to use everyday.
Boscia Blotting Linens, $10 – I used to think it was silly to pay this much for blotting linens. Blotting linens were one of those super cheap items I always picked up in bulk when I visited Taiwan. However, I’m almost done with my first pack of these linens and I must say they are awesome. They don’t disturb my makeup, and even for me (whose shiny face you can spot as a beacon in dark rooms), I only need one to get me through the day. The Charcoal version is new to me, but charcoal supposedly helps soak oil, so I am all about this!
Shiseido The Makeup Facial Cotton, $9.50 – This is quite touted on the Youtube beauty community as some miracle facial cotton, and while I don’t think this (it is still possible for them to break off), they are really nice for removing eye makeup. Since having my cheap Target cotton pads flake off into my eyes (not fun when wearing contacts), I’ve been using this for my eye area only. Because let’s face it, even at 20% off these cottons are still very pricey.
Buxom Lip Gloss Roulette, $59 – Buxom lip glosses are my favorite – they’ve totally made me crave that tingly feeling, and now I associate that characteristic of what a good lip gloss should be. In any case, this set has a ton of colors and gives you a lot of options – or you can always keep some for yourself and give some out with family and friends!
Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown, $21 – Quite simply one of the best, most easy to use eyebrow pencils out there. When I ran out of this, I thought I could get by with just my Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brown Pencil in xxx, which I really enjoy, but just nothing beats this for ease of use. It has a super fine, twist up tip and a great spoolie to comb through your brows after you pencil them in. I used to use the color Medium Ash, which has since been renamed to Medium Brown, but I’m going to go for a slightly lighter shade as my normal hair color is somewhat of a medium brown and I like to go slightly lighter than my normal hair color for brows to look less harsh.
Since I don’t run out of makeup on the regular (or ever) given my vast collection, I won’t be “repurchasing” anything else. But I still wanted to call out great items that I use on a regular basis and would wholeheartedly recommend if you are looking for anything in this category:
Setting Powder: NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder, $35 – It offers the perfect amount of “blurring” and has semi-descent oil control. I like it WAY better than the Hourglass Setting Powder In Diffused Lighting, which i use for the same purpose… but I should probably think of another use for it (e.g., under eye setting), since it has zero oil control and disappears from my face within an hour
Mineral Foundation: Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15 in Natural Beige, $39 – still one of the best mineral foundations. I have the Chanel Vitalumiere Powder but have yet to test it. Maybe I’ll do post on that coming up.
Budge-proof pencil eyeliners: NARS Larger Than Life Long Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto (black), $24 and Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Waterproof Eye Pencil, $28 (in select stores only) – I use the NARS when I don’t care to smudge out my eyeliner and want it to stay PUT. I use the Giorgio Armani (I have the brown one) more regularly as it gives me more time to smudge it out and also is pretty budge proof. If I were to repurchase only one, I would go for the Giorgio Armani.
What are your recommendations for the Sephora VIB Sale??